Employees Tell 13 Stories About The Most Insulting Holiday "Bonuses" Their Bosses Ever Gave Them

by Paul

Many people associate Christmas with giving, but for others, it is all about giving as little as possible. It is the best time of the year for most people because of the bonuses and gifts they receive and give out.

Unfortunately, it’s also the worst time of year for some people, who are given both insulting and inappropriate gifts from their bosses. But hey, you can’t win them all.

Hope these stories relieve some anger and stress if you're a victim of this discrimination. Because there's no way these absurd stories won't make you grateful for your current situation.

The holiday season is in full swing, and for many companies, the annual bonus is on its way. For some, the manager's annual "stocking stuffer" is a welcomed surprise.

Others say the gift is a slap in the face because it's so little compared to what other employees get or what they've earned. Of course, there are times when a company is struggling, and bonuses are not exactly what they used to be but you should not receive a bonus that is so lousy you wish they had not even bothered.

These funny "gifts" should never have been sent out at all. These are some of the worst Christmas bonuses anybody has ever received...

1. A "bonus" for the holidays. Yes, it is a butterball turkey voucher for $15 off.

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2. It is heartbreaking to the point of absurdity. There has to be a better way to do this.

2. It is heartbreaking to the point of absurdity. There has to be a better way to do this.
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3. A man appreciates his boss for the holiday "gift" after 22 years of service. He is being paid less than $18 an hour. This is more offensive than not doing anything at all

3. A man appreciates his boss for the holiday
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4. Redecoration

4. Redecoration

5. After informing his employee that there would be no Christmas bonus, he later decided Christmas is a time for giving. This man owns a billion dollar company and he made 1.4 million in 2020 as CFO

5. After informing his employee that there would be no Christmas bonus, he later decided Christmas is a time for giving.  This man owns a billion dollar company and he made 1.4 million in 2020 as CFO
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6. After a year of working 50-hour weeks and taking no vacations, this is what the workers received.

6. After a year of working 50-hour weeks and taking no vacations, this is what the workers received.
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7. They had the audacity to recommend that he spend his Christmas bonus on their in-house jewelry shop after working 4 hours straight in their store.

7. They had the audacity to recommend that he spend his Christmas bonus on their in-house jewelry shop after working 4 hours straight in their store.
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8. The owner is giving a bonus to all staff as a thank you for their hard work.

8. The owner is giving a bonus to all staff as a thank you for their hard work.
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9. " Holiday bonus" after a year of hard work on the front lines during the pandemic

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10. You will not freeze to death, at the very least, if you do not have enough money to pay your heating bill!

10. You will not freeze to death, at the very least, if you do not have enough money to pay your heating bill!
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11. At least you get to buy the essentials.

Using your employees as an unpaid gift buying service is an insult that’s been sadly all-to-common in the corporate world in recent years. While these stories of abuse don’t necessarily reveal anything you didn’t already know, they are a good reminder to treat your employees right during the holidays–at least if you want to keep them happy and increase productivity.

11. At least you get to buy the essentials.
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12. You'll take it and you'll like it!

12. You'll take it and you'll like it!
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13. They should at least send some wine with it.

If your company is giving out similar rewards, it's time to rethink this practice and find more meaningful ways to appreciate your people. If you are thinking about doing this yourself, reading these stories will perhaps help you think of better ideas than a pair of socks or bread.

13. They should at least send some wine with it.
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14. Salary came early

14. Salary came early
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From a monetary and practical standpoint, most of these presents are essentially worthless. Bottom line: if you give an employee a present, it should be as well-thought-out as if you were purchasing it for someone else.

Keep these stories in mind the next time you present a Christmas bonus or award to your staff, and make sure it is something that will make them grin rather than make them sad.

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